Design Strategies for the Molecular Level Synthesis of Supported Catalysts

In this Account, we review advances in supported catalyst synthesis and characterization developed in our laboratories at Northwestern University

Staci L. Wegener

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • Metal or oxide catalytic centers constructed on an underlying solid phase, are making an increasingly important contribution to heterogeneous catalysis
  • In industry, supported catalysts are employed in selective oxidation, selective reduction, and polymerization reactions
  • Structural and mechanistic characterization of these catalysts presents a formidable challenge because traditional preparations typically afford complex mixtures of structures whose individual components cannot be isolated
  • The characterization of supported catalysts requires a combination of advanced spectroscopies for their characterization, unlike homogeneous catalysts, which have relatively uniform structures and can often be characterized using standard methods
  • In this Account, we review advances in supported catalyst synthesis and characterization developed in our laboratories at Northwestern University
  • We anticipate that advances in catalyst design and synthesis will lead to a better understanding of catalyst structure and function and, to advances in existing catalytic processes and the development of new technologies

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